There are plenty of times and plenty of places where you want a simple watch. Often that’s the right tool to get the job done, even if that job is just enjoying a nice dinner with some friends. But there are other times when you want something a little, well, more. Most watch collectors have their favorite complications, whether chronographs, perpetual calendars, tourbillons, or something more exotic, and here we’ve rounded up five of the most interesting complicated watches of 2018 according to our team of editors. They range from the unexpected-but-practical to the almost-incomprehensible. Check ’em out.
Cara Barrett – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#2
Truth be told, I have yet to break into a truly complicated watch (the most complicated watch I own and wear is a chronograph). I think it mostly has to do with the fact that a) I can’t afford a truly complicated watch and b) I like the clean aesthetic of a simple complication. That being said, I have always had a soft spot for calendar watches. Both annual and perpetual calendar watches are technically interesting and practical (form and function, people), which is why I am super into the Audemars Piguet RD#2 concept watch. While this watch isn’t in production (here’s hoping for SIHH 2019), it’s impressive thickness of 6.3mm makes this a complication to watch. Not only because it makes for a really great AP RO QP (something AP is renowned for), but also because this movement can and likely will be implemented in numerous watches to come. I look forward to seeing what’s next with this one.
I know, I know, this is a watch that we’ve covered a lot already, and it’s not a grand complication by any means, but I am a sucker for a GMT. It’s the most useful complication there is, I think, especially if you travel a good deal. And with the Black Bay GMT, I am really impressed with Tudor’s ability to come out with such a compelling version of the complication that uses an in-house movement, while still delivering great value for money. It’s been said before, but it seems like nobody saw this watch coming in the same year that <a class="colorbox" href="https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/rolex-gmt-master-ii-steel-new-video" rel="noopener" …read more